Shooter takes plea deal

WARREN – A 35-year-old Warren man was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to shooting at three members of a local motorcycle club in the summer of 2012.

Charles Moorhead of Atlantic Street was sentenced to one year on a firearm specification and given two-year sentences on three counts of felonious assault for a total of three years.

Another 18-month sentence was also run concurrently for having weapons under disability since Moorhead had a prior conviction in 2001 for assault on a peace officer.

Assistant county prosecutor Chris Becker said Moorhead was offered the plea bargain deal since video surveillance tape from outside the Powerhouse Bar on Mahoning Avenue N.W., showed one member of Brothers Regime was also armed inside the bar when gunfire broke out August 30, 2012. He said the tape showed a club member hide a gun inside a sidebag on his motorcycle parked outside the bar.

David Taylor, 41, of Warren, suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach and required treatment at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown, after being transferred from a Warren hospital.

Nicholas Aulet, 48, of Niles, and Andrew Claypool, 48, of Girard, also were shot at inside the bar after an argument broke out between the three victims and Moorhead and another man.

Moorhead’s attorney John Fowler said he was prepared to use self-defense as a strategy at trial since at least one of the victims was also armed.